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844 CONVENTION—GBEAT BRITAIN. JUNE 11, 1896. 1°‘¤br¤•ry 8, mos. Omwention between the United States and Great Britain, for the settle- W ment of claims presented by Great Britain against the United States in virtue of the Convention of February .29, 1892. Ooncluded February 8, 1896; ratification advised by the Senate, with amendments, April 15, 1896; ratified by the President April 23, 1896; ratified by Her Britannia Majesty May 14, 1896; ratifications ezcchanged June 3, 1896; proclaimed June 11, 1896. BY THE PRESIDENT or THE UNITED STATES or AmEn1oA. A PROCLAMATION. gmmble. Whereas, a Convention between the Governments of the United States °""’°"‘ of America and Great Britain, providing for the settlement of claims presented by Great Britain against the United States in virtue of the Convention of February 29, 1892, between the same High Contracting Parties was concluded and signed by their respective Plenipotentiaries at the City of Washington on the eighth day of February, 1896 which Convention, being in the ,English language, and as amended by the Senate of the United States, is word for word as follows: °°¤¤°“¤¢P•*¤¤·- Whereas by a Treaty between the United States of America and Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, signed at Washington on February 29, 1892, the questions which had arisen between their respective Governments concerning the jurisdictional rights of the United States in the waters of Behring Sea, and concerning also the preservation of the fur—seal in, or habitually resorting to, the said Sea, and the rights of the citizens and subjects of either country as regards the taking of fur-seal in, or habitually resorting to, the said waters, were submitted to a Tribunal of Arbitration as therein constituted; And whereas the High Contracting Parties having found themselves unable to agree upon a reference which should include the question of the liability of each for the injuries alleged to have been sustained by the other, or by its citizens, in connection with the claims presented and urged by it, did, by Article VIII of the said Treaty, agree that either party might submit to the Arbitrators any questions of fact involved in said claims and ask for a iinding thereon, the question of the liability of either Government on the facts found to be the subject of further negotiations; And whereas the Agent of Great Britain did in accordance with the provisions of said Article VIII, submit to the Tribunal of Arbitration certain iindings of fact which were agreed to as proved by the Agent of the United States, and the Arbitrators did unanimously und the facts so set forth to be true, as appears by the Award of the Tribunal rendered on the 15th day of August, 1893; And whereas in view of the said iindings of fact and of the decision of the Tribunal of Arbitration concerning the jurisdictional rights of the United States in Behring Sea and the right of protection or property of the United States in the fur-seals frequenting the islands of the United States in Behring Sea, the Government of the United States is desirous that in so far as its liability is not already fixed and determined by the findings of fact and the decision of said Tribunal